Emily Yochum, Whitewater, WI, (1913-2014)

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

April 14, 1913 - May 24, 2014

Emily Yochum, 101, of Whitewater, passed away on Saturday, May 24, 2014, at home. Emily, and her twin sister, Florence Peterson, were born to Florence and William Eustis on April 14, 1913, in Southington, CT. She attended school in Plantsville, CT, and graduated from Rider College in Trenton, NJ. Emily taught school in several communities in New Jersey, throughout her teaching career. She married Daniel Yochum on July 23, 1937. One of the things that attracted him to her was that he had a car and that they enjoyed driving through the New Jersey countryside. After their marriage, they lived in Trenton, NJ, where they had their first son, Daniel. The family moved to Drexel Hill, PA, where David was born. In 1947, they moved to Pennsauken, NJ, (next to Camden), where they lived until 1975. Emily taught in the Merchantville High School from 1954 to 1972, when she retired. Dan and Emily moved to Clearwater, FL, in 1975, and were soon joined by Emily's sister, Florence, who lived in a nearby apartment. After Dan died in 1988, Emily continued to live in Clearwater until coming to Fairhaven in Whitewater, in 1990. Both sisters, being very practical, left Florida, at age 88, to be near to family.

Emily was a member in the First United Methodist Church of Merchantville, NJ, Union St. Methodist Church in Clearwater, FL, and the Congregational Church, United Church of Christ in Whitewater, WI. She was an active member in each congregation. Her church involvements included church school teacher and women’s circles.

Her high school classmates called her “Emmy Lou” and remarked how she liked to socialize at parties. Emily thrived on personal contacts afforded by a variety of social outlets. She was physically active, enjoying swimming and walking, especially on the beach. She enjoyed playing golf but not keeping score. She played cards frequently for the social contact but she always considered herself a poor card player. She enjoyed a number of close friendships in her communities.

Emily was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Daniel; and her twin sister, Florence. Surviving are two sons, Daniel (Janis) Yochum of Congress, AZ, and David (Marcia) Yochum of Whitewater; two grandsons, Steven (Sarah) Yochum of Chanhassen, MN, and Jeffrey Yochum of Milwaukee; and two great-grandchildren, Simone Emily Yochum and Finn Brady Yochum.

A memorial service will be held at Fairhaven Retirement Community at a future date. Memorials may be made to the Fairhaven Foundation or a charity you passionately support.

The OLSEN FUNERAL HOME is assisting the family.


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